Frequently asked questions

I have an abscess, what does this mean and what should I do?


Don’t leave an abscess or simply take antibiotics unless the situation is examained as you could lose your tooth unneccessarily Treatment options are generally: Gum treatment, Root canal treatment, Extraction.




I have a broken tooth what could be done to help?


Don’t leave a broken tooth, let the dentist examine the situation as early as possible to prevent further damage. Options to restore the tooth generally are: Fillings, Inlays/onlays, Crowns. Visit our treatment page for more information.




I suffer with head aches, could this be related to my teeth?


When teeth and jaws do not occlude (come together) in an acceptable position, it is called malocclusion and has been related to muscle pain, and migraines, and other problems like grinding your teeth. Some reasons for malocclusion are fillings or bridges that have been placed piecemeal over a period of years, orthodontics, developmental defects, oral surgery, trauma, natural occurring malocclusion, bruxism, and clenching.

Occlusal analysis and equilibration is the mechanical adjustment of your teeth, dentures, bridges, fillings, or other oral appliances to allow your lower jaw to function in a natural hinge in relation to your upper jaw without improper influence from teeth.




I have had to have a tooth extracted, the rest seem ok, I don’t want a denture is there any other treatment that would be suitable?


You don’t have to settle for a denture! A dental implant is often the best solution. A full examination is needed to see if you are suitable. Visit our implant section




I have Bleeding gums should I be concerned?


Yes, bleeding gums can be the first signs of gum disease that can lead to tooth loss, we can help! Gum disease affects the gums and bone supporting your teeth. It begins with plaque, a soft sticky substance that builds up on the teeth. Plaque is mostly made up of bacteria, Tartar (calculus), formed by hardened plaque helps plaque to gather and makes it harder to remove. If plaque is allows to build up, the bacteria within it can make your gums sore and infected. The gums can look red and puffy, and they will probably bleed when you brush your teeth. The gum will then start to become detached from the tooth, forming ‘pockets’ in which plaque can gather – and bone supporting the teeth will slowly be lost. Because this process is often painless, it can become very bad before without you noticing. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to the loss of teeth due to mobility and/or infection.I'm a paragraph. I'm a great place for you to let your users know a little more about me. Double click me to change me and your own content. To customize me and change my font click on the Design tab in the property panel.




I have many missing teeth what are my options?


There are generally three options that could be possible: Dentures, Bridgework and Implants. Speak to us for more information and we will be happy to find the best solution for you.




Are some crowns better than others?


Some crowns are constructed in better ways than others for integrity and cosmetic appearance. At HDP we prefer ceramic crowns as they are strong yet very lifelike. Click here to visit the jsl lab website





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Highcliffe Dental Practice

Diana Court, 237 Lymington Road,

Highcliffe, Dorset. BH23 5EB

Tel: 01425 273025

 

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Closed for lunch : 1pm - 2pm

 

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